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Author Archives: Laura

Life at Specwarts

A buzz swells among the crowds milling on the platform as the faint horn in the distance heralds the arrival of the train. It is January 3rd and snow fairies dance on the rail tracks below. I anxiously stare up at the marching hands of the large clock looming overhead. My gaze focuses on a … Continue reading »

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Another Year Over

After the hype of October, November always seems to be the forgotten month (besides Thanksgiving, of course). The weather turns cold, the days fall into a mundane routine, and the thought of the dreaded finals looms overhead like a thunder-bearing sky. However, one thing I have failed to touch upon among all the excitement of … Continue reading »

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Scares and Fares

As I hurry along the abandoned streets in the early morning hours, eeriness hovers like a thick fog. Dark, ominous clouds hang from the sky, the smothering silence driving a chill into my quivering bones. Are those ghostly shadows dancing over pale-colored bricks? “Crash!” My body whips around, heart pounding a staccato drum roll in … Continue reading »

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White Coats and Black Dresses

  The long red carpet stretches out into the distance. One by one, my classmates file into the auditorium to thunderous applause. Now I know how movie stars must feel at the Oscars, wooing the enthusiastic crowd. As I walk towards my seat, taking it all in, I meticulously place one foot in front of … Continue reading »

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Was it already a year ago that I lugged my belongings up endless sets of stairs to begin my new life as a NECO student in Boston? It seems as if it happened only yesterday. Outside my apartment window, the city slowly builds to a crescendo as a swarm of technicians transforms an abandoned parking … Continue reading »

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Summer Days Driftin’ Away…

  The laptop cursor unerringly hovers over the tiny mail icon of the paper airplane, as if propelled by an Ouija board. It engages the paper airplane envelope as the swoosh noise signals my final T35 paper flying out into cyberspace. I take a deep breath of relief as two weeks of long nights and … Continue reading »

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My Boston Bucket List

Ahhh, summer time; complete with hot weather, cold ice cream and, best of all, time for leisurely pursuits.   Perhaps you fancy a chair by the pool, a family vacation trip, or a chance to earn some cold hard cash (to pay off those student loans)?   I, for one, am seizing my precious spare time to … Continue reading »

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Brats, Brezeln und Brillen!

    When I first found out that NECO offered a three-week elective course in Dispensing Optics at Aalen University, Germany, I jumped at the opportunity.  The Hochschule Aalen is known for its excellent optics program.  Although American optometry school is heavily medicine-oriented, helping patients choose the right glasses that allow them to see and … Continue reading »

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ODe to First Year

Reflections  With a tremor vibrating through the body of the Boeing 757, the powerful Rolls Royce turbofan engines easily lifted the airplane into the gentle evening sky.  Here I was, on my way to Stuttgart, Germany, about to embark on my newest NECO adventure, an elective three-week summer course in Dispensing Optics at the University … Continue reading »

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Exploits and Expos

As I finish putting on the last piece of jewelry, the elegant young woman in the mirror smiles gracefully back at me.  The time has finally come!  The happy shouts of my friends at the bottom of the stairs yank me out of my reverie.  Our chariot arrives, ready to whisk us away to the … Continue reading »

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